What We Learned…
Variety in performance makes a smart choice essential
PICKING A GOLF BALL NEED NOT GIVE YOU SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.
A few years ago the choice between balls was really complicated. Unless you had a solid understanding of how you launched shots into the air with a driver, iron and wedge you couldn’t really make an informed choice to benefit your game. TaylorMade has changed all that with the TP5 and TP5x, bringing the choice down to softer or firmer – it’s as simple as that.
ONCE YOU’VE DECIDED WHETHER YOU
want a ball to give you more distance or more spin, there’s still a difference between the largest brands’ tour balls. Comparing all the ‘X’ type balls our test pro saw 9m of difference in carry distance and 12m in total distance. That’s over a club of difference when it comes to playing your approach shot into a green, and who doesn’t prefer standing over a 7-iron instead of a 6?
PICKING THE RIGHT BALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE GOLF COURSE.
Obviously every golfer’s results will be different to our test pro’s, but we can’t hide how differently each ball performed in our test. A 11m deficit between the firmer TaylorMade TP5x and TP5 and 8m gap between the Callaway Chrome Soft X and Chrome Soft gives a great idea of how much you put on the line by purely choosing a ball for softer feel or more spin.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NEW PRO V1 AND PRO V1X
was closer than we expected. We reckon previous versions would have been more discernibly different. With just 2.7m carry distance difference with a driver, 1m with a 6-iron and 275rpm of backspin change with a wedge, it suggests the two are closely matched, even if the Pro V1 does feel softer. There couldn’t be a better time to reassess if you’re a Pro V1 or Pro V1x player.
CALLAWAY’S CHROME SOFT IS A TOP BALL,
yet it’s significantly